Dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals on stamps and postmarks of Kyrgyzstan
, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, formerly known as Kirghizia
is a landlocked country located in Central Asia, bordered by Kazakhstan
to the north, Uzbekistan
to the west, Tajikistan
to the south west and China
to the east.
Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Kyrgyzstan has historically been at the crossroads of several great
civilizations, namely as part of the Silk Road and other commercial and cultural routes.
Though long inhabited by a succession of independent tribes and clans,
Kyrgyzstan has periodically come under foreign domination and attained sovereignty
as a nation-state only after the breakup of the Soviet Union
The postal history of Kyrgyzstan began when the nation declared independence in August 1991.
Under the Soviet Union
, the Kyrgyz SSR postal service was an integral part of the Soviet system.
Kyrgyzstan is a member state of the Universal Postal Union since 1993 with its two designated postal operators -
the State Enterprise Kyrgyz Pochtasy
(KP) who has produced stamps since 1992
and privately held Kyrgyz Express Post (KEP)
, who issued their first stamp on 18 November 2014.
It’s the only member country of the UPU to have two official postal administrations issuing stamps for the country.
Kyrgyz Express Post LLC (KEP) has been operating in the postal market
of Kyrgyzstan since March 16, 2012 under the license granted by the State Communication Agency of the Government
of the Kyrgyz Republic, providing a wide range of postal, financial and other services both to individuals and legal entities.
KEP stamps represent a real payment instrument, ensuring payment for services of forwarding postal items
from Kyrgyzstan to all UPU member countries. KEP stamps are sold at their face value.
All mail sent with KEP stamps has to be franked and executed at KEP offices.
KEP stamps are a new phenomenon in the 175-year-old
worldwide tradition of stamp issuing: for the first time in philatelic history the second postal operator of an UPU member country,
designated according to article 2 of the Universal Postal Convention and operating throughout the entire territory of Kyrgyzstan,
uses its own stamps for postage.
The stamps are being published in the most influential world catalogues.
So far only "Kyrgyz Pochtasy" issued some Paleontology related stamps.
"Kyrgyz Express Post LLC" might issue their first stamps of prehistoric animals in 2022.
Official stamps of Kyrgyzstan related to Paleontology: dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals
 The stamps issued in Mini-Sheet of 6 stamps as well as in separated 6 sheets.
There are some forged
Mini-Sheets available on the market.
Many of them are offered on the Internet.
The forged stamps are easily recognized as they have too much red and black color, making them appear blurry.
Original Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998,
MiNr.: 147-152 (A - perforated, B- imperforated), Scott: 118a-f
Forged Mini-Sheet of Kyrgyzstan 1998.
This forgery can be recognized by having too much red and black color, which makes the image appear blurry.
 Exists as an imperforate variety as well.
Postmarks of Kyrgyzstan related to Paleontology: prehistoric animals
Legend is here
Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice
from Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University,
for the draft page review and his valuable comments.